Roundup: FAS Analysis on Fukushima, Nuclear Security, and Much More

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) continues to put the generous support of our members to effective use. In just the last month and a half, FAS experts have educated policy makers, the press, and the public in America and abroad about the urgent need for making the world more secure in the wake of the Japanese disaster.  A few notable accomplishments in March and April include:

Nuclear Security and Coverage of the Fukushima Disaster

  • Since March 11, FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson has written and spoken about the nuclear events in Japan, and the implications for the future of nuclear power. You can access his articles and presentations here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke to The Diane Rehm Show about nuclear power safety, and how the disaster could affect the nuclear power industry worldwide. You can listen to the recording here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson wrote in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about “The Need for a Resilient Energy Policy in Japan.” You can access the article here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke to Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball. You can watch the video here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson wrote in Kyodo News about the “Future of Nuclear Power in Japan – Advice from American Friend.” You can read the article here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson was interviewed for a segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. You can watch the video here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke to KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny. You can listen to the recording here.
  • Dr. Ferguson spoke to BBC News: PRI’s The World. You can listen to the recording here. You can also watch video of another appearance on BBC News here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson appeared on NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, for an update on Japan’s malfunctioning nuclear reactors and the evolving crisis.  As continued attempts were made to cool the reactors and spent fuel rod pools at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, Dr. Ferguson discussed the state of the deteriorating nuclear facility. You can learn more here.
  • Dr.  Charles Ferguson appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer on Sunday, March 11. He discussed the future of energy policy in the U.S., and the fallout from the Japanese accident.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson wrote a column in the online version of Nature magazine on why fission power must remain a crucial part of the energy mix until renewable energy technologies can be scaled up. You can read his column here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke at the “Impact of the Japanese Disaster on the Nuclear Power Industry” event at Washington and Lee University on March 21st. You can watch video of it here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson appeared on PBS NewsHour on March 24th to discuss what’s next for U.S. nuclear policy following the Japanese crisis. You can watch video of the segment here.
  • On April 6th, FAS hosted a roundtable discussion with representatives from the U.S. State Department, several embassies, and other important leaders in the international community to discuss the next steps to improve monitoring of Iran’s continued uranium enrichment program and to negotiate acceptable safeguards for its nuclear program. You can read Dr. Charles Ferguson’s article for the March issue of Arms Control Today on the topic here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) on April 6th. He discussed Iran’s nuclear program and whether an inspections-based solution might work. You can learn more here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson and Stephen Herzog wrote a blog for The Hill, on March 30th, on why Sen. Jon Kyl should reconsider his opposition to the nuclear test ban. You can read the blog here.
  • At a meeting on professional ethics and public awareness organized by the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade & Security, Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke on a panel called “The Human Dimension of Nuclear Security.” The conference was hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. on March 30th. You can access his presentation here.

Other recent FAS achievements:

Arms Sales Monitoring Project

  • Matt Schroeder, Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project, was cited on the front page of the New York Times on March 3, 2011, “Experts Fear Looted Libyan Arms May Find Way to Terrorists.” Read the online version here.

Biosecurity Program

Learning Technologies Program

  • Melanie Stegman, Director of the Learning Technologies Program, spoke at the inaugural Technologies in Education Forum, which featured discussions on new policies, technologies, and tools available to those working on the front lines to bolster American student learning and achievement, especially in the critically important STEM curricula.

FAS is a leader in bringing technical, nonpartisan analysis to policy makers, the press, and the public, and in using science to make the world more secure.

Thank you for your continued support of FAS. I look forward to keeping you up to date on all of our efforts and accomplishments in the days ahead.


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